This is it. I haven’t eaten junk food for two weeks. Yes, it seems incredible for me too. I haven’t touched a french fry, or a cookie, or a piece of white bread, or an ice cream cone in 14 days. And you know something? It feels great.
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I gave up junk food because it was ruining what I had worked so hard to get back. After my last pregnancy, I managed to lose 50 pounds through healthy eating and exercise. But junk food had crept back into my life and the pounds were threatening to come back one by one.
Because the harsh reality is that when you’re a 40-year-old woman with three kids, you can’t just indulge without thinking about the consequences. That little cheeseburger will contribute to your belly fat and you can’t simply work it off. Your metabolism is about as fast as a giant turtle, and your hormones are doing everything they can to keep the largest amount of fat in your body as possible.
So junk food has to go. It has little nutritional value and your body doesn’t need it. In fact, your body doesn’t want it. You might think eating junk food makes you feel better, but that’s only a temporary feeling. The damage it does to your body is long-lasting and far outweighs a momentary indulgence.
Healthy Eating Challenge Week 2 Update
This week, I felt even more energized than before. Without the sugar highs and lows, I function all day at a normal rate. I no longer have the need for a sugary snack during the afternoons.
The cravings for junk are almost completely gone now. Sometimes I find myself thinking I should have something sweet after dinner, but it’s just a thought. I’ve realized that I was eating junk purely out of impulse. Now I have a cup of tea (no sugar) after dinner, and that is even more comforting than dessert.
Also, I’ve noticed I’m in a much better mood. I don’t know if eating junk food made me more depressed and irritable, but after two weeks of not having it, my mood has definitely improved. Even though I’m still going through a difficult time, I feel happier and more optimistic than before.
But the biggest surprise was that today I measured the circumference of my waistline and it was one and a half inches shorter. I was elated! That is a huge difference!
I see these results and I can’t believe I’m only halfway through this healthy eating challenge. Right now, I feel like I’m not ever going back to eating junk food. Seriously, I don’t need that crap in my life.
Healthy Eating Challenge Week 2 Recap
This is what I’ve been doing these past two weeks:
- I haven’t been eating junk food.
- I’ve been exercising 30 minutes a day, 6 times a week.
- I’ve been drinking at least 6 glasses of water a day.
- I’ve been including at least one serving of produce in every meal.
One thing I need to work on is sleeping better. I’ve stayed up past midnight at least twice a week, and that’s not healthy. I need to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night. So that’s my goal for this week.
Why You Should Be Eating Healthy
Exercising, drinking water, and sleeping well are all healthy habits, but the food is the real game-changer. Abs are made in the kitchen. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. I’ve read these quotes a thousand times and they’re making sense just now. Eating right is the best thing you can do for your body.